PBL: Robotics and Rube Goldberg at Thoreau MS

PBL: Robotics and Rube Goldberg at Thoreau MS


So this was a project-based learning
lesson that the kids had. They were asked to code three different robots through
an obstacle course while triggering a Rube Goldberg event. I would like to
actually thank Capital One because they have a club that has come to Thoreau
Middle School called Capital One Coders. Part of the program is also as Capitol
One wants to reinvest in the community so they provided a grant to our school
with the assumption that they would like us to use the grant money to reinvest in
and expand the computer science department. We’ve been using ozobot
and sphero. Sphero has its own built in coding program and ozobot, it has these sensors on the bottom that can sense color. And, depending on different
patterns and colors it’ll do different things. So Capital One really prides
itself on inspiring young minds to you know change the world. A very effective
way in doing this is to teach them software engineering principles like the
technologies that we use in the company are applicable everywhere and so if we
have the means to inspire young people to make the world a better place like
that’s that’s our responsibility. I like how it’s like not not structured, as
structured as the rest of our projects were. Like, our other projects were, watch
this video and then code it, then add two things of your choice from the video.
Whereas this is all us. Yeah, open. My objective this year was I wanted them to become independent, not dependent learners. So I wanted to incorporate the let’s
learn the language let’s understand the theory and the logic behind the language and then let’s apply the language. Well the biggest response is they’re very engaged.
Because they actually see how code can actually be used with a device to make
an event happen. So this is where they can actually get the hands-on and see
something happen and it’s really rewarding when I hear that gah.
You know they struggle, they struggle, they struggle. They try, they create, they
think and then they say got it! So it’s really fun to see when it all comes together and they actually get it.

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